Sunday, January 17, 2010
Went on a fun hunt with a group of people from the Upland Idaho organization which was started by Karl Dehart. These people along with others in the group are going to do a lot of good for upland hunters and birds in the Northwest in the years to come. We met on the hill before dispersing to our hunting locations with our leader, Karl, taking group pictures. Of course the main interest was the variety of dogs and the stories of how they became such great hunting companions. I forgot to get a picture of the canines but there were many breeds in attendance.
After four hours of hunting, some of us reassembled to discuss the day's adventures. For the most part everyone saw lots of birds but mostly from a distance. The birds have been educated well through the year and were getting up wild out of gun range. Even at that, everyone got some shooting in. I was very fortunate and found some more cooperative birds. I have to credit Riley for that. He's my three year old shorthair.
The best part of the day was meeting up after the hunt and listening to the stories. I was particularly excited listening to Idaho Griff and his stories of his eleven month old dog Gus. Watching his eyes and listening to his voice as he talked about the staunch points, the retrieve and how he's getting to know how to read Gus was as good as being there myself. Idaho Griff is now owned by his dog and I don't think anyone could have enjoyed the outing more than him.
Last week I had the fortune to talk with another member of the Upland Idaho group. He had just come off the hill with his 6 month old german shorthair. His stories of how well the pup was doing and how he had retrieved a couple of birds for him made me envious of the journey that dog was going to take him on. A journey I have traveled many times and loved every minute of it.